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Volleyball finishes up spring schedule

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb volleyball team completed its spring schedule with four matches on Saturday in the sixth Annual Indy Collegiate Spring Invitational in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Lady Bisons got off to a rough start facing Purdue in the morning, but played well in the last three matches.

“Early in the morning, we didn’t perform as well as I think I wanted and what the girls wanted,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said.  “They had a few long discussions after the match.

“The best part of the weekend was from that point on, I thought we played tremendous.  Something we’ve been working on with our girls is to let a bad play be a bad play and not let it be two, three or four or even the match.”

After the Purdue match, the Lady Bisons played against Kent State, Ball State and IUPUI.

“From there, we beat Kent State,” Rosenthal said.  “One of the highlights of that was in the second set we were down 18-11 and we ended up winning 25-21.”

“We split with Ball State, which was a great match.  It was a high level college volleyball match and Ball State is one of those programs that every year is trying to win their championship or get an at-large bid.  We finished up with a win over IUPUI.”

These four matches were the first away matches of the spring.  The Lady Bisons started off the spring schedule with a home match against Belmont on April 4.  They followed by hosting a one-day tournament that included Georgia, Southern Illinois and Tennessee Tech on April 7.  The Lady Bisons finished the home spring schedule with a match against Trecceva on April 9.

Rosenthal was impressed with the team’s performances during the spring campaign.

“I thought the spring was fantastic,” Rosenthal said.  “We were looking for some growth from this team and we got that.  A lot of it came from the idea that they weren’t freshmen or sophomores anymore.  They really had to step up.  Throughout the spring, we saw that in practice, but I was interested to see what that was going to look like in a match setting.”

The Lady Bisons return 10 student-athletes for next season.  Rosenthal has high expectations.

“This is probably one of the best springs that I’ve ever had here in my 10 years, which is saying a lot,” Rosenthal said.  “We had a couple of good teams come through here.  The future is really bright for this team.  The leadership came through and they worked through some issues that they had to work through.”